Day in history for August 24, 2007

1857 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Joseph Blais for a monster watermelon, weighing 40 pounds. All hands at The Argus helped eat the delicious fruit.

1882 -- 125 years ago
The general health of the citizens of Rock Island is reported to be excellent, although a number of cases of malaria fever are said to exist in the county.

1907 -- 100 years ago
Barney Oldfield, the famous auto racer, arrived in this city today with his Green Dragon. He will attempt to set a new dirt track record at the Davenport mile track.

1932 -- 75 years ago
Participation at the Rock Island playgrounds increased 10,272 during the season, according to a report made today by Mel H. Hodge, superintendent of the Playground and Recreation Commission.

1957 -- 50 years ago
With a score of .23 accidents per 100,000 miles, the payroll audit department of the Bituminous Casualty Corp. has won its third consecutive victory in the company's intra-departmental safe driving competition and thus takes permanent possession of the Bituminous Automobile Safety trophy.

1982 -- 25 years ago
Moline teachers started classes today without a contract after rejecting a negotiated settlement for the first time in the district's 14-year, collective bargaining history. Teachers will be in the classroom while negotiations continue.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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